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Geophysics: A surprising, cascading earthquake
The Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand in 2016 caused widespread damage. (2019-03-21)
Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington's coast
The first survey of methane vent sites off Washington's coast finds 1,778 bubble columns, with most located along a north-south band that is in line with a geologic fault. (2019-03-21)
How fluid viscosity affects earthquake intensity
A young researcher at EPFL has demonstrated that the viscosity of fluids present in faults has a direct effect on the intensity of earthquakes. (2019-03-20)
Sensing shakes
Every year earthquakes worldwide claim hundreds or even thousands of lives. (2019-03-10)
Machine learning expands to help predict and characterize earthquakes
In a focus section published in the journal Seismological Research Letters, researchers describe how they are using machine learning methods to hone predictions of seismic activity, identify earthquake centers, characterize different types of seismic waves and distinguish seismic activity from other kinds of ground 'noise.' (2019-03-01)
Coda waves reveal carbon dioxide storage plume
Pumping carbon dioxide into the ground to remove it from the atmosphere is one way to lower greenhouse gases, but keeping track of where that gas is, has been a difficult chore. (2019-02-26)
Tide gauges capture tremor episodes in cascadian subduction zone
Hourly water level records collected from tide gauges can be used to measure land uplift caused by episodic tremor and slip of slow earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, according to a new report in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2019-02-15)
Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt
A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has used satellite technology provided by the European Space Agency to uncover why the Agung volcano in Bali erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy. (2019-02-14)
EarthScope announces top 10 discoveries list
What are the 10 most influential, revolutionary, unexpected, or just plain amazing discoveries from EarthScope's 15-year history? (2019-02-14)
Massive Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet
Princeton geophysicists Jessica Irving and Wenbo Wu used data from an enormous earthquake in Bolivia to find mountains at the base of the mantle's transition zone, located 660 kilometers below our feet. (2019-02-14)
Indonesia's devastating 2018 earthquake was a rare supershear, UCLA study finds
The devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last September was a rare 'supershear' earthquake, according to a study led by UCLA researchers. (2019-02-12)
Dark fiber lays groundwork for long-distance earthquake detection and groundwater mapping
Researchers at Berkeley Lab have turned parts of a 13,000-mile-long testbed of 'dark fiber', unused fiber-optic cable, owned by the DOE Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) into a highly sensitive seismic activity sensor that could potentially augment the performance of earthquake early warning systems currently being developed in the western United States. (2019-02-05)
Earthquake with magnitude 7.5 in Indonesia : an unusual and steady speed
4,1 km/s along 150 km : this is the propagation speed of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Indonesia in September 2018. (2019-02-04)
Toppled train offers insight into ground motion, origin of 1906 earthquake
By mathematically modeling the movements of a locomotive that toppled from the tracks north of San Francisco during the city's infamous 1906 earthquake, researchers have calculated a lower limit on the earthquake ground motion at the spot of the tipped train. (2019-01-30)
Earthquake in super slo-mo
A big earthquake occurred south of Istanbul in the summer of 2016, but it was so slow that nobody noticed. (2019-01-29)
Birth rates in Fukushima City before, after nuclear disaster
An earthquake and subsequent tsunami led to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan in 2011. (2019-01-25)
'Silent slip' along fault line serves as prelude to big earthquakes, research suggests
Big earthquakes appear to follow a brief episode of 'shallow mantle creep' and 'seismic swarms,' suggests new research that offers an explanation for the foreshocks observed prior to large temblors. (2019-01-21)
Waiting for the complete rupture
Nepal was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 in 2015, but the country may still face the threat of much stronger temblor. (2019-01-16)
Following Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake, crisis in childhood malnutrition averted
Despite widespread destruction, including severe agricultural-related losses caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, child nutrition remained stable in the hardest hit areas, a new study finds. (2019-01-09)
New computer modeling approach could improve understanding of megathrust earthquakes
Years before the devastating Tohoku earthquake struck the coast of Japan in 2011, the Earth's crust near the site of the quake was starting to stir. (2019-01-09)
Research could lead to more durable cell phones and power lines
Researchers from Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a way to make cell phones and power lines more durable.  (2019-01-03)
Machine learning-detected signal predicts time to earthquake
Machine-learning research published in two related papers today in Nature Geosciences reports the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault's slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large earthquakes in other subduction zones. (2018-12-18)
Oroville Dam earthquakes in February 2017 related to spillway discharge
A closer look at small earthquakes that took place at the Oroville Dam in California's Sierra Nevada foothills in February 2017 -- near the time when the dam's spillway failed -- suggest that the seismic activity was related to reservoir discharge that opened and closed fractures in the rock below the spillway. (2018-12-18)
Alaska earthquakes offer new insight into improving hazard assessment
Earthquake hazard assessment often overlooks intra-slab earthquakes. EarthScope Transportable Array data for the 2016 Iniskin and Nov. (2018-12-11)
Historic earthquakes test Indonesia's seismic hazard assessment
Using data gleaned from historical reports, researchers have now identified the sources of some of the most destructive Indonesian earthquakes in Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, using these data to independently test how well Indonesia's 2010 and 2017 seismic hazard assessments perform in predicting damaging ground motion. (2018-12-11)
A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island 3,980 years ago
A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island, in Antarctica, 3,980 years ago, and not 8,300, as it was previously thought, according to an international study published in Scientific Reports. (2018-11-22)
Earthquake researchers finalists for supercomputing prize
A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and RIKEN in Japan were finalists for the coveted Gordon Bell Prize for outstanding achievements in high-performance computing, praised for their simulation of earthquake physics in complex urban environments. (2018-11-16)
White line of algae deaths marks uplift in 2016 Chilean earthquake
A bleached fringe of dead marine algae, strung along the coastlines of two islands off the coast of Chile, offers a unique glimpse at how the land rose during the 2016 magnitude 7.6 Chiloé earthquake, according to a new study in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2018-11-06)
Punctuated earthquakes for New Madrid area: New research uncovers cluster of past events
In 1811 and 1812, the region around New Madrid, Missouri, experienced a number of major earthquakes. (2018-11-06)
Micro-earthquakes preceding a 4.2 earthquake near Istanbul as early warning signs?
In a new study, led by Peter Malin and Marco Bohnhoff of the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, the authors report on the observation of foreshocks that, if analyzed accordingly and in real-time, may possibly increase the early-warning time before a large earthquake from just a few seconds up to several hours. (2018-11-01)
Mexico's 2017 Tehuantepec quake suggests a new worry
Last September's magnitude 8.2 Tehuantepec earthquake happened deep, rupturing both mantle and crust, on the landward side of major subduction zone in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico's far south coast. (2018-10-24)
Researchers map susceptibility to man-made earthquakes
Stanford researchers have mapped local susceptibility to man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas. (2018-09-26)
Seasonal reservoir filling in India deforms rock, may trigger earthquakes
The seasonal filling and emptying of reservoirs in India can cause measurable deformation of the surrounding rock, reducing the strength of nearby faults and potentially triggering earthquakes, according to two new papers published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2018-09-25)
North Korea's 2017 bomb test set off later earthquakes, new analysis finds
Using newly refined analysis methods, scientists have discovered that a North Korean nuclear bomb test last fall set off aftershocks over a period of eight months. (2018-09-24)
New earthquake risk model could better inform disaster planning
Researchers have developed a new way to model seismic risk, which they hope will better inform disaster risk reduction planning in earthquake-prone areas. (2018-09-24)
Geoscientists find unexpected 'deep creep' near San Andreas, San Jacinto faults
A new analysis of thousands of very small earthquakes in the San Bernardino basin suggests that the unusual deformation of some may be due to 'deep creep' 10 km below the Earth's surface, say geoscientists at UMass Amherst. (2018-09-18)
Mathematicians propose first continuous self-organised criticality model
An international group of researchers (the first author is Nikita Kalinin, Higher School of Economics - Saint-Petersburg, the last author is Ernesto Lupercio, CINVESTAV, Mexico) has presented the first continuous model describing self-organised criticality. (2018-09-12)
Attacking aftershocks
Sparked by a suggestion from researchers at Google, Harvard scientists are using artificial intelligence technology to analyzed a database of earthquakes from around the world in an effort to predict where aftershocks might occur. (2018-08-29)
Research into deadly 2016 Italian earthquakes could improve future seismic forecasts
The timing and size of three deadly earthquakes that struck Italy in 2016 may have been pre-determined, according to new research that could improve future earthquake forecasts. (2018-08-23)
A milestone for forecasting earthquake hazards
In a new study in Science Advances, researchers report that their physics-based model of California earthquake hazards replicated estimates from the state's leading statistical model. (2018-08-22)
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